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When can government order churches to stop, legally? What constitutes an emergency? As this pandemic rages, and seems to have become too political, I've had my cynical moments. Church-goers vote the wrong way, so governors and mayors keep the liquor flowing but shut us down! Sadly, I should have had more answers than many. I'm a chaplain. I've lived/breathed RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) for well over 20 years now. Governments may restrict religious liberties when there is a compelling government interest--such as public safety--such as COVID-19. Indeed, most churches, including my own, have complied. What irks are the inconsistencies. Restrictions must not single out religion. I found the linked article extremely insightful. I am @prisonchaplain and I endorse this message. https://www.christianpost.com/voices/why-are-so-many-states-violating-religious-liberty.html
The attached link is to an article that has the US joining countries like North Korea and Saudi Arabia, for engaging in religious persecution. The organization notes, towards the end, that Americans face less danger than in most overseas countries, but earns its place on the list due to the rapid decline in liberty--especially in practicing faith in the public square. http://www.persecution.org/persecutionnl/2017-01/ICC 2016 Hall of Shame Report.pdf So...is this report over-done? Do we dare protest religious persecution and run the risk of "crying wolf?" On the other hand, is the trend mentioned a serious concern? AND, will the change in government reverse, or even slow down the direction?
On LinkedIn and Facebook I published the following: Chaplains are the front-line defenders of religious freedom. We love and live the First Amendment--our first freedom. Some are questioning the value of this cherished spiritual liberty. Some even say it is a cover for bigotry. As a Pentecostal preacher who freely hands prayer rugs to Muslims, meditation mats to Buddhists, and "Parenting Without God" books to Humanists, I reject that analysis. We facilitate the faith of others, and thus invest in our own right to worship God in spirit and in truth. May America never jettison its most precious pact with religious freedom. Then noticed that what I wrote was Kinda similar to this: Articles of Faith #11: We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
America was founded, and is united, by our dedication to freedom. Pilgrim's fled religious persecution, and sought a society in which they could worship God according to the dictate's of their conscience. Today some argue freedom of religion is too costly. They say it hurts other groups, and allows hatred and bigotry. Too many Americans shed blood, for us to give in to such division. God sent Jesus to free us from sin--to set captives free. Those who would attempt to suppress faith in their name of their own freedom fall for Satan's ruse. "Take the fruit and you will be like God, knowing good from evil."
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JoeOlivas posted a topic in Introduce YourselfI just recently moved from Southern Utah to South East Idaho to become part of an Executive Team for a thriving company. Originally from Los Angeles, CA., I was fortunate to meet and fall in love with a wonderful girl whom I married. Laura and I have 3 amazing children who are a very big part of our lives. Over the last several years Laura and I have become even more deliberate about teaching our children who they are, who they can become and who God knows them to be. This is no small thing, as we are faced with many challenges from day-to-day which constantly fight against that which we know to be true. However, it is in how we choose to view these challenges that makes all of the difference in the world, for ourselves, our children and for those around us. I firmly believe that productive goals and ambitions are motivating and important in a person’s life and we as a family set them together. It is important to note that in order to set and reach any worthwhile endeavor we must first establish our pattern, a guide of principles that allows us to remain on course. One of my greatest passions is understanding and protecting principles of freedom and liberty. This is not only essential to individual growth and prosperity, but also vital in building any successful community however large or small. I have found through personal experience that adhering to principles, life is no longer left to chance. The Founding Fathers knew and understood these principles and a dear friend of mine and I have outlined them quite simply as The 12 Principles of Liberty. My wife and I continue to educate our children and those around us on these principles in how we live, continually striving each day to improve. As an avid reader and student of the Founding Fathers, I have come to love and appreciates the freedoms, liberties and opportunities that are available to all men and women. In addition to religious and civic responsibilities throughout my history, I have sought to cultivate a strong “Can Do, Will Do” attitude. I firmly hold to the belief that every individual is important and within them contain great achievement once their unique abilities are unlocked and developed. It is this philosophy and mindset that drives us as a family to stretch yet even further. The Lord has blessed me with specific talents and unique abilities which are undeniably creative in their nature. As an artist, designer, teacher, songwriter, and poet, it’s my life experiences I leverage which foster an environment for creative thinking and innovation. This affords the wonderful opportunity to connect with individuals from all walks of life for the sole purpose of lifting those around us over whom we have influence. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish many things in my life. But my greatest accomplishment was being smart enough to recognize that my future bride would change my life for the better, and now I just work to live worthy of the blessing she truly is. There is so much more I could say about my family and the incredible gift they are, and through my posts I am sure you will come to understand why I feel the way I do, but I hope this gives you a bit of insight into who I am. Joe Olivas __________________________________________________ Not generating enough leads? 50+ Leads/Day for YOUR Business! Free Weekly Training: Click Here